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Safety 411

Photo:  Dave HellerPublished every month in Fleet Owner, Safety 411 is a timely and informative commentary on safety and security issues by David Heller, CDS, TCAís Vice President of Government Affairs.
  • Sensible Regulation

    Yes, we have a rule regarding a drug and alcohol clearinghouse. We as an industry waited on this with baited breath; unfortunately, we will have to wait a bit longer.  

  • In Search of Answers

    We are seeing this happen before our very eyes, that is, real occurrences of what we all believed would happen in the future. And it is clearly happening in the now and no doubt will occur many more times in the years, months, and probably even weeks ahead. 

  • Paying the Bills

    Touted as one of the few issues that the presidential candidates in our recent election seem to have agreed upon, our nationís infrastructure investment has dropped to 28th in the world. In other words, with the election behind us, surely we can now agree to the fact that we, as a nation, need to fix our infrastructure, right? Not so fast, since we cannot even get behind a mechanism to pay for it.

  • Taking Responsibility

    If youíve been reading my column or if you know me, then you know that I am a baseball fan. Without turning this into a column about baseball, my point is that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is trying to better define a successful carrier and possibly an incompetent one by including the theory of preventability into a carrierís CSA score or more specifically, the Crash Indicator BASIC.  

  • Hitting the Fast Track

    Whew! Thatís the first word that pops into my head as I begin to rattle off words on my keyboard. If you can relate, then you know that we have been moving at such a frenetic pace with rulemakings and requests for comments that we may need a speed limiter on regulations just to catch up (insert bad joke line right here).

  • Hair Today, Safer Tomorrow

    It just occurred to me as I begin writing this monthís column that I have never really addressed the issue of hair testing for drugs in our fleets across the country. Sure, carriers are traveling down the road of alternative compliance and I have even written about that, but nothing relating specifically to hair testing.

  • Time Stands Still

    I was thinking of how much fun it would be to regale you with new and exciting mandates and regulations that would have a positive impact on the trucking industry and your daily operations in the new year.